Jane Hong

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Associate Professor, History
B.A. Yale University; A.M., Brown University; A.M., Ph.D., Harvard University
Appointed In: 
Swan Hall #310

Spring Leave 2020

Jane Hong is a historian of U.S. immigration and engagement with the world, with a focus on Asia after World War II. 

Hong's first book, Opening the Gates to Asia: A Transpacific History of How America Repealed Asian Exclusion (University of North Carolina Press, 2019), situates the transnational movement to repeal America’s Asian exclusion laws in the context of black civil rights struggles at home and U.S. military intervention in a decolonizing Asia. It argues that repeal was the price of America’s postwar empire in Asia. Even as the United States expanded its power over Asian peoples, the demands of building and sustaining this imperial reach compelled U.S. officials to respond to the antiracist and anticolonial demands of nonwhite peoples—if only in the most symbolic and performative ways. A multi-archival study, the book draws upon research conducted in the United States, India, and the Philippines.

Hong’s current project uses the history of Asian American evangelicals as a lens to explore intersections of race, religion, and partisanship since the 1970s. Other ongoing research considers Asian Americans’ engagement with post-WWII decolonization in Asia, a process which saw the emergence of the Philippines, India, and South Korea (among others) as independent nation-states.

Select Publications

“In Search of a History of Asian American Evangelicals,” Religion Compass (December 2019): 1-9.

Opening the Gates to Asia: A Transpacific History of How America Repealed Asian Exclusion (University of North Carolina Press, November 2019).

“’A Cross-Fire between Minorities’: Black-Japanese Relations and the ‘Empire Quota’ in the Postwar Movement to Repeal Asian Exclusion,” Pacific Historical Review 87:4 (Fall 2018): 667–701.

“Manila Prepares for Independence: Filipina/o Campaigns for U.S. Citizenship and the Reorienting of American Ethnic Histories,” Journal of American Ethnic History 38:1 (Fall 2018): 5-33.
*Winner of the 2017-2018 Qualey Memorial Award from the Immigration and Ethnic History Society.

“The Origins and Construction of Korean America: Immigration before 1965,” in Brill Companion to Korean American Studies, eds. Shelley Lee and Rachael Joo (Leiden, Netherlands: Brill Press, 2018), 3-20.

“The Repeal of Asian Exclusion,” in Oxford Research Encyclopedia in American History, ed. Jon Butler (New York: Oxford University Press, 2014).

“The 1952 McCarran-Walter Act” and “Asian American Views of Incarceration,” in Densho Encyclopedia of Japanese American Incarceration.


HIST 102: United States Culture and Society II
HIST 208: Immigrants in America, 1492 to the Present
HIST 209: The United States in the World since 1900
HIST 300: History Colloquium: Histories of U.S. Empire
HIST 300: History Colloquium: Christianity and Politics in America since 1945
CSP 5: Racial Violence in US History and Memory